Münchausen's syndrome by proxy

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Münchausen's syndrome by proxy

Etymology: Baron von Münchausen
a variation of Münchausen's syndrome in which the parent persistently fabricates or induces illness in a child with the intent of keeping in contact with hospitals and physicians. The child may endure dozens of surgeries and hospitalizations for illness induced by the parent; nearly 9% of the children die as a result. The mother poses as being a good parent by "saving" the child from medical catastrophe, and the child serves as a manipulative object.

Munchausen's syndrome by proxy

Illness or injury in a child caused by a parent or other person in charge who purports the disorders to be spontaneous. The child is commonly brought, often repeatedly, for medical attention and, if suspicion is raised, any responsibility for the child's medical condition is strenuously denied. Separation from the parent or person in loco parentis leads to recovery of the child's disorder. The commonest caused conditions are seizures, rashes, apparent respiratory failure, rashes, bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting and near-coma. All of these are brought about by such means as partial suffocation, pressure on the neck, the administration of drugs, poisoning, the application of blood or the use of anticoagulants such as warfarin rat poison. Covert closed-circuit TV monitoring has been used to detect the crime.
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Following the eight-year study, which began in 1986, he claimed 23 parents of the 39 children suffered from attention-seeking disorder Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy.
A review of 298 cases was ordered after three mothers were cleared of killing their children following concerns over misdiagnosis of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy.
The move follows the discrediting of paediatrician Sir Roy Meadow whose theory of Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy -where mothers harm their children to draw attention to themselves -has been widely followed by social workers and courts.
Neil Beardsmore, prosecuting, told the court that McDaid, who was looking after the child, was suffering from a rare mental condition called Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy.
She was a nurse suffering from the mental health illness known as Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, a desire to kill or injure for attention.
How a prominent witness was discredited:Paediatrician Professor Sir Roy Meadow came to prominence when he described Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy in a Lancet article in 1977.
Doctors diagnosed the mother, Parveen, as suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy - a condition which allegedly drives parents to harm their children for the attention it brings them.
Mr Coonan also read statements from doctors in support of Prof Southall, who was awarded an OBE in 1998 and is an expert on Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy.
He accused Andrea, 36, of having Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy - partly because she was overweight.
He is known for his 1977 academic paper in which he set down the diagnosis of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP), in which parents are said to fabricate their child's illness, resulting in unnecessary hospital admissions and even death.
It is thought a doctor at St John's Hospital in Livingston told police he believed Bibby had Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy - in which sufferers induce symptoms in others to gain attention for themselves.
In an unusual allegation of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy suffered by both parents, Dr Joseph Dullea, 42, and wife Kristine are said to have pumped the healthy boys full of pills.
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